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Observation Peak
Banff National Park, Alberta
August 1, 2004
Distance: 8.0 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1120 m

Third time's a charm. After two attempts trying to ascend Observation Peak in the fall when snow extended to the lower slopes, and we were caught in a snow storm, Dinah and I took no chances and bagged the peak easily in the summer.

On this trip, we didn't walk to the bend in the road as Kane's suggest, but instead made the mistake of ascending the first gully we saw. But it wasn't really a mistake as we encountered no difficulties, and it's a more direct route to the false summit (we returned the same way). From the false summit, it's a long hike to the true summit. We were hoping for great views at the top, but we couldn't see much because of the haze caused by forest fires wafting in from B.C.

KML and GPX Tracks

Approaching our ascent gully

Looking back after starting up

Looking west at Caldron Peak above Peyto Lake

Heading to the false summit

Much of the ascent was steep

Some delightful scenery in the gully

We passed by a cleft in the rocks

Looking back down the gully

Coming up to the false summit

On the false summit

View from the col: true summit is left

Looking back at the false summit

Walking to the summit

Arriving at the summit

Dinah on the summit

Trying to see through the haze

Checking out the cornice on the way back

Coming back down the gully

82 N/9 Hector Lake

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